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Author Watanabe, Chihiro.

Title Managing innovation in Japan : the role institutions play in helping or hindering how companies develop technology / Chihiro Watanabe
Published Berlin : Springer ; Laxenburg : IIASA, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 247 pages) : illustrations
Contents Formation of IT features through interaction with institutional systems : empirical evidence of unique epidemic behavior -- Institutional elasticity as a significant driver of IT functionality development -- A substitution orbit model of competitive innovations -- Impacts of functionality development on dynamism between learning and diffusion of technology -- Diffusion, substitution and competition dynamism inside the ICT market : a case of Japan -- The co-evolution process of technological innovation : an empirical study of mobile phone vendors and telecommunication service operators in Japan -- Technopreneurial trajectory leading to bipolarization of entrepreneurial contour in Japan's leading firms -- Technological diversification : strategic trajectory leading to an effective utilization of potential resources in innovation : a case of Canon -- Japan's coevolutionary dynamism between innovation and institutional systems : hybrid management fusing east and west
Summary Why do some country's hi-tech firms innovate better than others? Why did hi-tech firms from the United States outperform such Japanese companies in the 1990s? Through a wealth of empirical evidence, the book compares the development trajectory of manufacturing technology and information technology both between Japanese companies and between companies based in the US, Europe, Australia, India and China. This book shows that institutional systems such as culture, tradition, consumers and local business practices play key roles in how companies develop technology. These factors also influence the very characteristics of the products that the hi-tech firms produce. With a number of case studies the author demonstrates how the most successful and innovative companies recognize these roles and incorporate them into their practices
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Technological innovations -- Japan -- Management.
Technological innovations -- Japan -- Management -- Case studies.
Technological innovations -- Management -- Cross-cultural studies.
Industrial management -- Japan -- Case studies.
Industrial management -- Cross-cultural studies.
Industrial management -- Japan.
Comparative management.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Cross-cultural studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
LC no. 2008941070
ISBN 9783540892724
9783540892717 (hbk.)
3540892710 (hbk.)